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Title The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Page 972
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Text There was about another quarter of a column of these details, the reading of which was punctuated with applause and concluded with: `Leaving 670 cases which for various reasons the Society was unable to assist'. The report then went on to explain that the work of inquiring into the genuineness of the applications entailed a lot of labour on the part of the Secretary, some cases taking several days. No fewer than 649 letters had been sent out from the office, and 97 postcards. (Applause.) Very few cash gifts were granted, as it was most necessary to guard against the Charity being abused. (Hear, hear.)

Then followed a most remarkable paragraph headed `The Balance Sheet', which - as it was put - `included the following'. `The following' was a jumbled list of items of expenditure, subscriptions, donations, legacies, and collections, winding up with `the general summary showed a balance in hand of 178.4.6'. (They always kept a good balance in hand because of the Secretary's salary and the rent of the offices.)
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